Scout Picks

Watford and Wolves double-up for Gameweek 22 Scout Picks

Liverpool, Wolves and Watford are the main focus of the Scout Picks selection for Gameweek 22.

We have gone over the Scout Squad submissions made by David, Neale, Paul and Geoff to work out which starting XI was the best for this weekend’s football.

Following the turn of the year, we now have a heftier budget of £85.0m, also open to the Community Champion.

This week we line up in a 3-4-3 formation and come to a total of £84.3m, £0.7m inside our new budget.

Goalkeeper

Ben Foster (£4.8m) has experienced something of a Fantasy revival since Nigel Pearson took over at Watford. Over the last four Gameweeks, he is second in the league for saves and has two clean sheets to show for it too. Gameweek 22 pits Foster against a misfiring Bournemouth attack that, since Gameweek 18, is in the Premier League’s bottom three for shots in the box, big chances and shots on target.

Defenders

No player in the division has created more big chances than Trent Alexander-Arnold (£7.5m) over the last four matches. During that time, Spurs have not kept a clean sheet, while Liverpool have registered four in a row.

Djibril Sidibé (£5.4m) is our representative from the Everton defence for Gameweek 22. They face a Brighton side inside the bottom three for big chances over the last four matches, while Sidibé has created more chances than any other Toffees defender in that time.

Well-established Fantasy hero John Lundstram (£5.1m) gets into the Scout Picks once again for Gameweek 22. No team has conceded fewer big chances in their last six home matches as Sheffield United, who face a West Ham side still only recently taken over by David Moyes. Only Watford and Norwich have scored fewer goals on the road this season than the Hammers.

Midfielders

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It was tough going working out which Liverpool attacker to fit into the Scout Picks this weekend – Sadio Mané (£12.3m) proving the eventual winner. Both he and Mohamed Salah look like great choices for Gameweek 22, especially with Double Gameweek 24 in mind, but we could only have one of them this time around. Mané was our choice due to being afforded a higher number of big chances than Salah over the last four Gameweeks and a slight weakness to his side of the pitch in upcoming opponents Spurs. Since Jose Mourinho took over in Gameweek 13, his side are fourth-worst in the Premier League for chances conceded down the right flank.

Kevin de Bruyne (£10.6m) has been a reliable source of points recently, with attacking returns in four of his last five Premier League outings. Having overcome a knock against Manchester United, he is in prime position to benefit from Aston Villa’s defensive problems this season. Over the last four matches, no team has conceded as many shots in the box or big chances as Dean Smith’s men.

Ismaïla Sarr (£6.2m) has been one of the poster boys of progress under Pearson at Watford with two goals and an assist since Gameweek 18. Furthermore, no midfielder priced below £6.5m has registered more shots in the box over that period. Gameweek 22 pits Watford against a Bournemouth side that has conceded eight goals in their last four.

Adama Traoré (£5.7m) has three attacking returns in his last two home matches, which hugely boost his chances of performing well against Newcastle. The Magpies come to Molineux with the second-worst shots conceded in the box figure over the last four matches. 

Forwards

 1

Jamie Vardy (£10.0m) could be back in the goals for Gameweek 22 as Leicester host Southampton. The Saints have been on minor defensive revival recently with clean sheets against Chelsea and Spurs. However, Vardy remains in the division’s top five for shots in the box, big chances and shots on target over his last four, which includes matches against both Liverpool and Manchester City.

Marcus Rashford (£9.2m) has scored five goals and registered one assist in his last six league matches at Old Trafford and we expect such a run to continue against Norwich. The Canaries last kept a clean sheet away from home in Gameweek 13.

Raúl Jiménez (£7.5m) is another Wolves asset preparing to face a Newcastle side with recent poor defensive potential. The Mexican international is top for shots in the box among his colleagues in the last four matches which suggests his output of three goals and three assists in the last six home matches is sustainable in Gameweek 22.

Substitutes

Following Sidibé’s price rice, Jordan Pickford (£5.3m) is now a cheaper alternative route into the Everton defence.

Burnley are bottom of the league for shots on target over the last four Gameweeks, indicating that Kurt Zouma (£4.7m) and the Chelsea defence could earn a much-needed clean sheet at Stamford Bridge.

Romain Saïss (£4.4m) has registered more headed attempts than any other FPL defender over the last six Gameweeks – which helps boost his attacking potential against a Newcastle side that struggles to defend set pieces.

Jack Grealish (£6.4m) has been in exceptional form recently, arguably carrying the Aston Villa team on his shoulders. We fancy him to do well again in Gameweek 22 as Manchester City have conceded 10 big chances in their last four, only three teams faring worse than that.

The Captain

The Scout Picks has a captain for the 2019/20 campaign.

This skipper is chosen using the conclusions of the latest Captain Sensible article and a four-way vote between David, Neale, Paul and Geoff.

Because the use of Fantasy Football Scout data is used so heavily in this process, the captain we choose each Gameweek will be known only to those who have signed up to Membership for the 2019/20 season.

It will be revealed to the public only when the deadline for the Gameweek has passed.

Community Champion

Representing the community against the Scout Picks in Gameweek 22 is Pep Pig.

They have gone for a 4-4-2 of Ederson; Alexander-Arnold, Robertson, Walker, Sidibé; Salah (c), de Bruyne, Richarlison, Maddison; Abraham, Ings.

The community member who beats our picks by the biggest margin over the campaign will win a £100 Amazon Voucher and a place in our Contributors and Moderators League for the following season.

Community Champion FPL_SMR beat us in Gameweek 19, winning by a 58-47 score-line.

The current winning margin of 17 points recorded by irfansheikh in Gameweek 7 and AK in Gameweek 10 remains the score to beat.

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1,618 Comments Post a Comment
  1. Shandangaz
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 27 days ago

    Need to pick 2 out of these 3 to play

    A) Alli
    B) Zaha
    C) Traore

    What do you guys reckon?

    Thanks

    1. antis0cial
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      B,C

    2. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      Ac

  2. Blue Gaffer
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 27 days ago

    Play Rico or Maupay?

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      Maupay

    2. Jag-z
      4 months, 27 days ago

      Maupay.. Bournemouth defense is appalling

    3. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 27 days ago

      Maupayyyy

  3. RamaJama
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 27 days ago

    Captain Rashford over Vardy?

    1. Villa Velour
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      I am.

    2. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 27 days ago

      Yes, same here.

    3. Yank Revolution
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      Nay

  4. The Rock
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 27 days ago

    Henderson
    TAA, Digne, Soyuncu, Lundstram
    KDB, Sterling, Maddison
    Vardy, Jimenez, Ings
    Gazzaniga, Rico, Grealish, Dendoncker

    1.8m in the bank and 2FT.

    Any ideas on what changes i should make this week? Holding off on Mane/Salah for another 2 weeks as i prefer City's fixtures over the next 2.

    1. denial
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      Team looks great. Get rid of Gazz?

      1. The Rock
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 27 days ago

        He compliments Hendo really nicely though?

        But it is an option to free up cash..

    2. Yank Revolution
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      You gotta sell Henderson of Gazza

      1. The Rock
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 27 days ago

        To free up some cash?

        1. Yank Revolution
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 27 days ago

          Yes, but I also like only 1 playing keeper as a strategy too

  5. denial
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 27 days ago

    Stick and Roll FT? Thanks

    Fabs
    TAA Soy lund
    Salah Alli Maddison kdb
    Vardy ings Abraham

    / Grealish Kelly Aurier

  6. myteamissheeeeeeeet
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 27 days ago

    Help needed party people!

    Need a 4.2 defender to get Mané next week. Already own Hanley.

    A) Zab
    B)Taylor - Burnley
    C)Mariappa
    D)Williams - Man U

    1. subhojit123
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      C

    2. denial
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      C

    3. Villa Velour
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      Join me on the Zab train.

      1. myteamissheeeeeeeet
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 27 days ago

        Easily most exciting. Think he’ll play?

        1. Villa Velour
          • Fantasy Football Scout Member
          • 4 Years
          4 months, 27 days ago

          Yeah definitely. Fredericks out for at least 4 weeks. Unless West Ham sign a RB, Zab will be playing (scored in FA cup as well).

      2. myteamissheeeeeeeet
        • 10 Years
        4 months, 27 days ago

        Zab the man then! Get the trial started choo choo 🙂

        1. myteamissheeeeeeeet
          • 10 Years
          4 months, 27 days ago

          *train

          1. Villa Velour
            • Fantasy Football Scout Member
            • 4 Years
            4 months, 27 days ago

            Just realised I have three West Ham players now and not one of them is a midfield or forward. I've gone mad. But Zabaleta will not let us down !

            1. myteamissheeeeeeeet
              • 10 Years
              4 months, 27 days ago

              Ha ha hope so pal. Fingers crossed!

    4. Wonderful Wizard Hazard
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      This is a playing defender? If not, then go 3.9

  7. subhojit123
    • 3 Years
    4 months, 27 days ago

    Whom would you play out of -
    Soy
    Evans

    1. SADIO SANÉ
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      E

    2. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      Evans for goal threat.

    3. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 27 days ago

      Evans. Differential.

      1. subhojit123
        • 3 Years
        4 months, 27 days ago

        Thank you so much everyone

  8. Amey
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 27 days ago

    Sarr is my first Watford player this season

    1. HamezMace
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      Well they did only have 8 points until about three weeks ago.

      1. Amey
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 27 days ago

        Ha ha
        Definitely. What a turn around

    2. Bobby Digital
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      I had Cathcart in GW1... Don't ask.

  9. RUUD!
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 27 days ago

    Captain?

    A) Sterling
    B) Rashford

    1. RamaJama
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 7 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      B

    2. SADIO SANÉ
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      B

    3. denial
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      B

    4. Wonderful Wizard Hazard
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      Kind of want to punt on Sterling, I just brought him in. No one looking at him, might be a good way to gain some points on folks.

      1. Shakshuka
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 27 days ago

        I'm going Sterling if that's any comfort. Mind you my last post was about which WHU defender to bring inn.

    5. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 27 days ago

      B

  10. _Ninja_
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 27 days ago

    Mane ahead of Vardy in the scouts captancy picks is surprising. Not that shocked at the winner though.

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      Aurier effect.

      1. _Ninja_
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 27 days ago

        Ah good point.

      2. Amey
        • 1 Year
        4 months, 27 days ago

        Same reason for me

    2. Amey
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 27 days ago

      Has to be Raz.
      Mane for me though

    3. No Professionals
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      You've given it away!

  11. Henning
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 27 days ago

    Gonna have both Salah and Mane for gw24
    But pick 2 for this gw

    1. Salah
    2. Mane
    3. Sterling

    1. Keeptrying
      • 6 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      Mane & Sterling

      1. Henning
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 27 days ago

        Thanx.

  12. Jinswick
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 27 days ago

    Bit stuck here. A case can be made for/against shipping Aurier, Otamendi & Moura, although with no cash I'm not sure there are any better replacements if using just 1FT.

    Best option here? Cheers.

    A) Otamendi -> Holgate (5.0) & save FT
    B) Otamendi & Moura -> Holgate (4.4) & Maddison
    C) Otamendi & Moura -> Digne (5.7) & Grealish
    D) Something else

    Ryan
    TAA, Soyuncu, Otamendi
    Salah, KDB, Martial, Moura
    Vardy, Ings, Maupay

    Button, Dendoncker, Aurier, Kiko
    Bank 0.0m, 2FT

  13. Nightf0x
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 27 days ago

    Captain? Vardy or kdb

    1. Van der Faart
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      Was on Vardy all week but considering KDB now

      1. Nightf0x
        • 4 Years
        4 months, 27 days ago

        Even martial too

    2. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 27 days ago

      Kevin

  14. alfast1c
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 27 days ago

    Martial captain? Whos with me?!

    1. HamezMace
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      United fans

    2. FPL_DON
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      Bold, tempted but vardy safe

    3. JamieNumber4
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 27 days ago

      Other people that haven’t stopped supporting Utd yet

    4. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 27 days ago

      Go go go. Rash here.

  15. tjostolv
    • 7 Years
    4 months, 27 days ago

    Any news on maddison?
    Need advice on best gk from here. Pls dont say fabianski with his fixtures

    1. Berbinho's Forehead
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      Fabianski with his fixtures

      1. FPL_DON
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 27 days ago

        Merry Christmas

        1. Berbinho's Forehead
          • 9 Years
          4 months, 27 days ago

          And you too don

      2. tjostolv
        • 7 Years
        4 months, 27 days ago

        Thx! Let me know if you need advice also!

      3. toerag
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 27 days ago

        lol

    2. Hotstepper
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      Fabianski with his saves

    3. No Professionals
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      Rodgers said he is fine, has trained last 2 days.

  16. Wonderful Wizard Hazard
    • 6 Years
    4 months, 27 days ago

    Play Cantwell, Rico, or Kelly this GW?

    Hendo
    Trent Soy Lund
    Mane KDB Sterling
    Vardy Abraham DCL

    1. toerag
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      cant

  17. Saro0808
    • 2 Years
    4 months, 27 days ago

    Maddi injured or not?

    1. Rainer
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      No according to Rodgers but he can’t be trusted.

    2. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      Not, hes fine

  18. Tony Martial
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 27 days ago

    Captain Salah?

    Have

    Vardy
    Mane
    Kdb

    And start cantwell over soyuncu?

    1. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 27 days ago

      No. Cpt Kevin.

    2. temo
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 10 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      I am going Vardy

    3. Hotstepper
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      I've switched it between Salah and Vardy 3 times today. Currently back on Vardy

  19. shady4revr
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 27 days ago

    I have Ramsdale and Rico both and 1 free transfer should i use WC?
    Ramsdale
    Rico TAA Soyuncu
    Grealish KDB Mane Richarlison
    Vardy Kane Greenwood
    Button Cantwell Kelly Aurier

    Kane replacement? Should i use wc?

    1. Saro0808
      • 2 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      Dcl,decent fixtures,use the other funds in the next week to get salah.
      if u want a premium one then u should consider auba,he had been consistent through out or else firmino/rashford.

  20. temo
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 10 Years
    4 months, 27 days ago

    Best def 4.0 or under? Long term bench fodder.
    Thinking Hanley or Williams. Any other?

    1. FPL_DON
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      Hanley I reckon

    2. iL PiStOlErO
      • 1 Year
      4 months, 27 days ago

      Hanley if any

  21. FPL_DON
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 5 Years
    4 months, 27 days ago

    Chaps, 1ft with nothing to do....

    Would you move Guaita on?

    1. Van der Faart
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      Roll the transfer and use it for DGW

      1. FPL_DON
        • Fantasy Football Scout Member
        • 5 Years
        4 months, 27 days ago

        Thanks mate, although already have triple pool

        1. Van der Faart
          • 8 Years
          4 months, 27 days ago

          Do it then if nothing else I suppose.

    2. Istanbul 05
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      I have Guaita too and I've been thinking about moving him on but I can't see any keeper really outscoring him by much in the next 5-10 games. Maybe the likes of McCarthy (due to price) or Henderson would come into consideration

  22. Van der Faart
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 27 days ago

    Who to bench?

    Rico
    Lundy
    Soyu

    1. gooner_112233445566
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      4 months, 27 days ago

      Rico

    2. FPL_DON
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 5 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      Rico

    3. toerag
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      rico

  23. gooner_112233445566
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    4 months, 27 days ago

    Captain who?

    A) kdb
    B) mane
    C) salah

  24. toerag
    • 9 Years
    4 months, 27 days ago

    evening all

    bench one of thes please
    A. mane
    B. maddison
    C.Traore
    D. Rich
    E.KdB
    F. Ings
    G. tammy
    H.vardy

    cheers all

    1. Rinseboy
      • 8 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      A Mane

    2. _Ninja_
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 9 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      C

      1. toerag
        • 9 Years
        4 months, 27 days ago

        c. is my choice atm. only got him cos i had funds

    3. gaurava1216
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      C

  25. Riggs
    • 1 Year
    4 months, 27 days ago

    Who to captain?
    A) Vardy
    B) Mane
    C) KDB
    D) Sterling

  26. Rinseboy
    • 8 Years
    4 months, 27 days ago

    tgtg?

    Fans
    TAA Soy Lunds
    Mane Martial Perez KDB
    Vardy Tammy Rash (c)
    Cants Rico Targett

  27. Nightf0x
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 27 days ago

    4 desicions

    Start ryan or ramsdale
    Soy or sidibe
    Maupay or madds
    Captain? Kdb vardy martial

    1. NUFCAndrew
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      Ramsdale
      Sidibe
      Madders
      Vardy

    2. gaurava1216
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      Ramsdale
      Sidibe
      Maupay
      Vardy

  28. evilfish
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 27 days ago

    What's people's opinions on Cathcart? Thinking of Kelly > Cathcart.

  29. NUFCAndrew
    • Fantasy Football Scout Member
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 27 days ago

    Best 5th defender for 4.5 max? Or just use on a 3.9 fodder

    1. gaurava1216
      • 4 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      Hanley 4m

    2. Ason Willa
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      Sais

    3. Ason Willa
      • Fantasy Football Scout Member
      • 3 Years
      4 months, 27 days ago

      Or wait until tomorrow and get Guilbert for 4.3 when he drops

  30. gaurava1216
    • 4 Years
    4 months, 27 days ago

    Benching Headache... 1FT gonna roll.....

    Ramsdale
    TAA Sidibe Lundy
    Mane KDB Alli Traore
    Vardy(C) Tammy Rashford

    Pope Soyuncu Cantwell Kelly

    Next week Alli and Tammy out for Maupay and Salah

    Good to go?